Some people are just good at high school. They excel in the classroom. They float easily between friend-groups. They participate in a variety of social clubs and are involved with sports. They get on well with their teachers and are respected by their peers. And they emerge from those four years with a storehouse of memories, which they can cheerfully rummage for the remainder of their lives.
For others, its a struggle. As the Steve Carrell character in Little Miss Sunshine tells his depressed teenage nephew: High school? he counsels. Those are your prime suffering years. You dont get better suffering than that.
Of the two categories of coed life, Colbi Riley, one of this years valedictorians, ranks very firmly in the first. I liked high school, and I love the people in my class, said Riley in a conversation with the Register last week. I feel like I fit in with a lot of different kinds of students. And because Iola is so small and because were a small class, weve always been close.